The Best Sunscreens For Your Face

The Best Sunscreens For Your Face

Yay for the warm weather and spending lots of time outside. I mean, we all love some fun in the sun, I especially love an afternoon by the lake or pool. If you’re like me and love to spend time outdoors than a really great sunscreen should be your best friend. I am obsessed with sunscreen, especially really good sunscreens for your face so I thought it was time I share my favorites.

Sunscreen for face
Sunscreen For Summer

Did you know that you should be using a different sunscreen on your face then you use on your body? It makes sense right? Your face is such delicate skin you should be using an SPF with a delicate formula.

My mom taught me the importance of sun protection at a young age so I was never one of those girls who spent time in a tanning bed or used coconut oil to accelerate my tan. I could talk for days about the importance of sunscreen, but I am sure all of you know by now that you have to wear sunscreen every day and you need to reapply it often.

I know you have heard this 100 times before but it’s worth repeating, melanoma is real !!! Not only can the sun cause cancer but also wrinkles, no thank you! 90% of premature skin aging is caused by the sun’s harmful rays, today’s tan could be tomorrow’s wrinkles, again, no thank you.

Last week I talked about the best foundation for summer so I thought it was time I put together a roundup of the best sunscreens to wear under makeup or just by themselves. These sunscreens offer the necessary UV protection with a lightweight & non-sticky, flawless finish that plays nicely with makeup.

MY FAVORITE SUNSCREENS FOR YOUR FACE

Pro Tip: sunscreen is the last thing you should apply in your morning skincare routine right before your makeup. The best way to make your makeup play nice with your sunscreen is to wait for your SPF to absorb completely before putting makeup on top of it.  Let it sink into your skin for about five minutes before starting your makeup routine.

What is your favorite sunscreen for summer? Let me know in the comments!

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The Best Summer Foundation For All Skin Types

The Best Summer Foundation For All Skin Types

Summer is coming fast, and if you live in a warm place as I do, summer is here. It is already the time of the year where my makeup isn’t staying put all day, my scalp is a sweaty mess and I am LAYERING on the sunscreen. At this point of the year, you have probably already put your winter clothes away but have you purchased your summer foundation?

When it comes to summer skin, usually less is more. There are clearly lots of time when a full coverage foundation is needed but isn’t it nice to sometimes just put on a nice CC cream?

The Best Makeup For Summer

It’s safe to say that we all have the same goal with our foundation; flawless skin, look 10 years younger and make sure it lasts all day long. I mean, that doesn’t seem like too much to ask, does it? My biggest pet peeve is when I start my day with a flawless face and by lunch, my make up is gone.

When looking for a new foundation, there are so many options it can be quite daunting. From high end to drugstore, the amount of summer foundations available is endless. Who has unlimited hours, and money to spend trying to find the best options when it comes to sweat-proof summer foundations? Good news, I have put in the leg work and have found the best summer foundations for all skin types.

Now let’s get down to the best summer foundations

IT Cosmetics CC Cream – I could start and stop this list right here. The holy grail of summer foundation. Not only is it lightweight, high SPF but it also comes in both a matte and illuminating version.

Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation – Did you think I would make a list about foundation and not included my absolute favorite? no way! This is the best option if you have an important event and want a full coverage foundation. It is 24 hour sweatproof and has some serious staying power. If you are looking for a dupe of this, you can find my list here.

Tarte Rainforest Of the Sea Foundation – This full coverage formula is very hydrating and has a light sunscreen to keep you protected all day long. In addition to that, it is also a super buildable foundation.

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation – This product will last ALL DAY LONG. This product is waterproof so a little sweat won’t affect your full face of makeup. This is a super matte formula so it is best for those of you with skin on the oilier side.

Urban Decay Naked Skin – This is the foundation that I wore to my wedding reception two summers ago. It is such a nice demi-matte foundation that can last through anything, even a little rain on your wedding day.

Milk Sunshine Skin Tint – I am always drawn to Milk products because of their super cute packaging and ease of use. This product has SPF 30, super hydrating and a super easy application. It’s perfect for casual summer days. This formula works best on skin on the drier side.

Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Cream – This list wouldn’t be complete without one BB cream.  This comes in 20 shades, SPF 20, has buildable coverage, natural looking finish and leaves you with the most flawless complexion. Everyone needs this BB cream in their summer makeup bag!

So who else is ready to put their best face forward this summer? If you are blessed with super dry skin (like myself), make sure to read my best foundations for dry skin post.  Do you have a summer foundation that you love? Leave it in the comments!

The Best of Beauty: Sephora Sale Must Haves.

The Best of Beauty: Sephora Sale Must Haves.

Sephora is currently having their Insider Spring Bonus Event which means 10-20% off depending on your beauty insider level. Makeup at Sephora VERY rarely goes on sale so the Sephora sale is the time to stock up on all of those beauty products you have been eyeing!

My everyday makeup routine is a nice combination of drugstore and high-end beauty products. If you want to read about my favorite drugstore products you can read about those here. When it comes to high-end products, I wait for this sale every year so I can stock up on all of my expensive makeup and beauty products, and well, I love a sale.

If you are going to splurge on a few makeup or skin care items, now is the time. These are the must-have items that I can’t live without! Here’s what I am buying…

Sephora Must Haves

Must-Have Beach Bag Essentials

Must-Have Beach Bag Essentials

It’s still technically winter  but the temperatures are quickly rising and all I can think about is heading to the beach or a nice relaxing day by the pool. Living in Palm Springs, a beautiful, relaxing pool is not very hard to find, so in that sense, I am very lucky! I figured I’d share some of my beach bag essentials…or in my case, pool essentials.

Beach Bag Must Haves

While you’re basking in the sun by the ocean or pool, sunscreen is obviously the most important accessory. Besides the basics like a hat, fun sandals, and sunglasses, there are a few beauty essentials that are non-negotiable must-haves to get me through a long relaxing day by the water!

I am so ready for a relaxing day in the sun with a refreshing drink, or two, and so is my beach bag full of all of my favorite sun essentials!

Before I even start on what’s in my beach bag, let me tell you my number one beauty secret, sunscreen. I never leave my house without sunscreen on my face, ever. If you are not using sunscreen every day, start today, you will thank me in 20 years.

What’s In My Beach Bag…

  1. A beach bag because well duh. I’ve linked my favorite beach bags here, here and here.
  2. Quality sunscreen like Sun Bum SPF50 Sunscreen Lotion ($16): because sunscreen is the number one must have for any beach day. One of the most important aspects of sunscreen is reapplying it. Yes, reapplying sunscreen can be a pain in the butt but it is SO IMPORTANT. Spray sunscreen is a great option for reapplication, one of my favorites is L’Oréal Advanced Suncare Dry Oil Spray SPF 50+ ($13).
  3. Facial Moisturizer with SPF: most sunscreens can be applied to your face with no issue. But why not place special attention to your face like you do every day when you put face moisturizer on? Your face and neck deserve special attention especially if you have dry, sensitive skin like me. I love UV Expert Aquagel Sunscreen ($39) it’s so perfect for my skin type and it doubles as a primer! Win-win!
  4. Ouai Wave Spray ($26): put this product in your wet hair and when your hair dries you will have the perfect beach wave.  I also really love Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray ($6): a more budget-friendly option.
  5. Invisibobble Hair Ring ($9): the perfect hair accessory easy to remove and it leaves your hair with no trace and no tangles!
  6. Sunglasses: Because protecting your eyes from the sun is a must! My favorite affordable sunglasses are linked here, here and here.
  7. Supergoop! Lip Balm SPF 30 ($9): Not only should you be slathering your body with sunscreen but don’t forget to protect your lips! This balm will protect your lips from the sun and also moisturize your lips all day long.
  8. Wet Dry Hair Brush ($10): this brush is the holy grail for wet tangly hair, a must have!
  9. A Really Cute Swimsuit: I’ve linked a few of my favorites here, here and here. I also linked all of my favorite amazon swimsuits here.
  10. After Sun Lotion: because a long day in the sun and in and out of the water takes a toll on your skin. Soothe your skin with a body lotion like COOLA Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion that defends against environmental offenders and helps calm sunburn.
  11. Cute Sandals: wearing heels or wedges to the beach or pool seems excessive to me. I’m always going to be in cute, fun sandals like these or these.
  12. A Hat: even if you are slathering on facial sunscreen nonstop, a hat should be used as an extra layer of defense to protect your face, eyes, and scalp. You can find my favorites here, here and here.
Pool Fashion

Favorite Beach in America

Before I leave, I need to share a beach related secret. I was raised in California and my husband, Mike, was raised on the east coast of Florida. And yet, we both agree that our favorite beaches in the continental United States are the beaches of the gulf coast of Alabama. I know its hard to believe but I’m very serious about my love for the gulf coast. If you ever get a chance head to Orange Beach or Gulf Shores, you’ll be so happy that you did!

Now that that secret is out, where is your favorite beach?!

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The Best Skincare Products Found On Amazon

The Best Skincare Products Found On Amazon

As you probably already know, skincare is something I feel passionate about (very passionate) ! I am always reading about new, innovative skincare products and techniques but at the same time I am very picky about the products that I use because I have such sensitive skin! I work hard to avoid the hype & marketing gimmicks and try to choose my skincare products based on ingredients that are well-researched and proven to make a difference, while also staying within budget.

When I am searching for skincare products I look for products that will help combat fine lines and give me skin that glows like JLo’s. I mean isn’t that what we all want?!

Today I have roundup the best skincare saviors that are easily available on Amazon prime. I have personally tested all of these, so I can say with complete confidence that I love them! What’s even better is that they are under $25! Okay let’s get to the important stuff.

The Best Skincare Products On Amazon For Under $25

Beyond just my normal creams and serums there are a few tools and techniques that I swear by to give me the best complexion. Let’s talk about those tools and techniques real fast:

  1. Chemical Face Peel – An at home chemical face peel will help eliminate fine lines and dark spots while simultaneously remove dead skin cells to provide a glowing complexion.
  2. Shaving Your Face – I have been doing this for years and swear by it (I have linked my favorite tool abov). It helps to exfoliate your skin and gives a great base for flawless makeup application. If you don’t believe me, read what Cosmopolitan has to say about it here.
  3. Ice Roller – Goodbye Puffiness! If you are like me and struggle with puffiness on your face than an ice roller is a must! Apparently doing this is also supposed to help with migraines but I can’t speak on that.

What are your favorite skincare products to buy on Amazon?

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